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Volume 8, October 2013 | Contents

Asian pursuits bookmark
Asian airline costs and efficiencies vary widely, but as Keith Mwanalushi observes, the AirAsia Group has continued on its path to become a leaner operation
At the leading edge bookmark
Cathal O’Connell, Chief executive officer, bmi regional
Cathal O’Connell joined bmi regional in June 2012, just after its acquisition by Sector Aviation Holdings from IAG.
Awakening India bookmark
With India opening up its domestic market to foreign competition, the stakes are even higher for the country’s fast growing low-cost operators, finds Mark Broadbent
Considering the customer bookmark
Putting customers at the heart of irregular operations management is part of a radical new approach airlines should consider, argues Patricia Simillon, head of airlines operations strategy at Amadeus
CSeries powers up bookmark
Bombardier has finally unleashed it’s all new jetliner. Now, airlines are watching closely to see if the manufacturer will deliver on its promises, Keith Mwanalushi reports
Editorial comment – October 2013 bookmark
How hybrid is the new model
It can be pretty hard to define ‘low-cost’ carriers today. Sure, there are several brands that certainly shout out their budget qualities – Ryanair, AirAsia, Spirit Airlines to name a few. But moving slightly further along the scale, definitions become somewhat hazy.
Food for thought bookmark
Cost pressures are forcing airlines to review in-flight catering strategies and ultimately putting pressure on airline caterers to adopt a ‘low-cost’ way of thinking, finds Keith Mwanalushi
Hybrid travel bookmark
Providing highly competitive one-way fares alongside do-it-yourself holiday packages is a market niche Condor is exploiting to the full. Simon Keeble investigates this ‘hybrid carrier’ and its unusual product flexibility
Maintaining the advantage bookmark
The geography of MRO appears to be changing, as does the competitive landscape of the provider scene. Though the nature of MRO work itself remains constant, some low-cost carriers are trying to formulate fundamentally different approaches in order to control costs and maintain the advantage they have over legacy airlines. Ian Putzger reports
Russia’s pilot project bookmark
As far as track records go, the low-cost airline business model does not currently work in Russia, but with Aeroflot’s decision to potentially enter the market Keith Mwanalushi finds out that flight crew laws may have to change
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October 2013

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